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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Environmentalists called on California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for months of hydraulic fracturing in the waters off Southern California, warning that it could lead to chemical pollution or an oil spill.

State regulators this month approved nine permits for operator Thums Long Beach Co. for so-called fracking operations between August and December in Long Beach Harbor.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on June 4 released a much-anticipated study of whether hydraulic fracturing contaminates drinking water supplies, concluding that while there have been some cases of contamination, the issue is not widespread.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Colorado oilman must pay $16.8 million to reimburse energy companies for legal fees they incurred defending his unsuccessful lawsuits against them, a federal judge has ordered.

Jack Grynberg received national attention when he filed scores of lawsuits against natural gas and pipeline companies around the West in the late 1990s.

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian gas company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine after the collapse of pricing talks, a company official said — but an EU official said the dispute would not affect the flow of Russian gas to Europe.

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Russia stopped deliveries at 10 a.m. because Ukraine didn't make an advance payment for July's gas.

"Gazprom is not going to send gas to Ukraine at any price without the advance payment," Miller said in comments carried by Russian news agencies.

In the face of some of the worst threats in cybersecurity history, industrial control system cybersecurity continues to mature and evolve. While the disclosure of major vulnerabilities and new threats against industrial sectors paint a bleak picture, there have also been major advancements in awareness.

Oil and gas companies are using information technologies and resources now accessible on desktops for planning new pipeline routes. Technologies and resources include geographic information systems (GIS), mobile information technology, satellite imagery, topographic maps, environmental data and tax data.

With reserves of 1,093 Tcf, Canada is the world’s fifth-largest producer of dry natural gas, ranking behind the United States, Russia, Iran and Qatar.

About two-thirds of Canada’s 156 Bcm of gas output comes from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) that straddles the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia and the plains of the Yukon, southwestern Manitoba, southern Saskatchewan and Alberta.

There is a lot to talk about these days at Lyall. The company that has been supplying gas piping products to natural gas utilities across the United States for the past 45 years continues to expand, bringing its manufacturing expertise to new markets within the oil and gas industry.

New products and services from Jarraff Industries, Schneider Electric, 3M, Exterran and more.

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The Geo-Boy Brush Cutter Tractor from Jarraff Industries is available with various cutter head options to meet specific application needs. It can be outfitted with cutter heads from several manufacturers. The tractor is suited for jobs varying from pipeline right-of-way management to seismic mapping or general land clearing. It is offered in wheeled and track configurations. Both models are ROPS and FOPS certified. Safety features include a rear-view camera. The Geo-Boy has the ability to lift the cutter head about 11 feet and can quickly clear brush and trees up to a foot in diameter. Power is available in two-tier III engine options, 220 hp and 260 hp. www.jaraff.com

For process monitoring applications, the wireless revolution has come of age. Particularly in the upstream sector, oil and gas operations have fully realized the value proposition advertised by manufacturers. Wireless transmitters are now very commonly applied to measurements of level, pressure and temperature at compressors, gathering lines, separators, rod pumps and well-head “trees.”

Wireless instruments have proved to be cost-effective, reliable, safe, secure, simple and environmentally friendly.